British Airways passengers will no longer be able to lean back and relax on short-haul flights as the airline seeks to slash ticket prices.
The airline will fit non-reclining seats on 35 planes set to fly the economy class later this year.
The change could leave BA’s elite status at risk, as it emulates budget airlines.
Passengers have already complained BA is closely emulating budget competitors since the appointment of chief executive Alex Cruz in 2015, who formerly ran Spain’s low-cost Vueling carrier.
BA will fit the seats on its new fleet of 35 Airbus A320neos and A321neos, which will come into service later this year.
A BA spokesman said: “As well as new long-haul aircraft, we have 35 brand new short-haul planes arriving over the next five years.
“We are installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer on-board WiFi.
“The new aircraft will have brand new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey.
“These changes will also allow us to offer more low fares to customers.”
Last year BA stopped providing free food and drink to passengers in the economy class on short-haul flights.
Passengers are now required to purchase meals from flight attendants like their counter parts on easyJet or Ryanair flights.
According to reports, passengers may soon be forced to do their shopping solely in the airport as the airline is “reviewing” selling duty-free products, such as perfumes, on short flights.
Sun Online has contacted BA for comment.
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